Dorothy Couper

Dorothy C.

Baltimore, MD

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About

Dorothy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
May 2000

I am a violin and viola teacher born and raised in the Baltimore area. I have been teaching private lessons and group classes for the last eight years and studied both performance and pedagogy at some of the best music schools in the country. I most recently completed a Graduate Performance Diploma at Peabody Conservatory, where I also studied pedagogy under Rebecca Henry and Janet Melnicoff-Brown of the Peabody Preparatory. While the majority of my teacher training and professional work has been on the violin, I am a violist at heart. I teach students ages 3 to adult at my home studio in Mount Vernon, and I enjoy working with students who have all different levels of ability and commitment. Everyone is welcome.



Graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory and Longy School of Music.
Undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory and Tufts University.
Orchestral player with the Junge Sinfonie Berlin, Boston Philharmonic, and Annapolis Symphony, among others.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are always planned in a way that fits each student individually. I like to establish a routine that includes technique, music theory, and performing pieces. I believe that it is important to do a little of each in a lesson in order to give the students a solid foundation and foster independence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a second floor music studio with stands and chairs and instrument maintenance equipment. The space has an additional seating area where parents can relax during the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will always bring whatever I need in order to teach fully. I would only ask the student to have a quiet space where we could work and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
My training has included the Suzuki, Rolland, and Sassmanhaus methods, as well as the approach used by the Peabody Preparatory, and I tend to use a blend of all of them, tailored to fit the needs of each individual student.

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Experience

Violin and Viola Teacher
Aug 2013 - Present
Private Music School

Violin and Viola Teacher
Oct 2012 - Present
Private Music School

Violin and Viola Teacher
Mar 2014 - May 2014
Playing Partners -- Peabody Preparatory and ORCHKids

Violin and Viola Teacher
May 2012 - May 2014
Baltimore Talent Education Center

Violin and Viola Teacher
Aug 2012 - Aug 2012
Camp Allegro-- Peabody Preparatory

Violin and Viola Teacher
Sep 2011 - Aug 2012
GBYO Bridges

Education

Graduate Performance Diploma -- Viola
Aug 2011 - May 2013
Peabody Conservatory
Graduate Studies -- Viola Performance
Aug 2009 - Dec 2010
Longy School of Music
Bachelor of Arts -- English Literature
Aug 2003 - May 2007
Tufts University
Bachelor of Music -- Viola Performance
Aug 2002 - May 2007
New England Conservatory

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Full Merit Scholarship
Jun 2014
Miami Summer Music Festival
Full Merit Scholarship
Apr 2013
International Junge Orchesterakademie
Graduate Assistant, Humanities Department
May 2012
Peabody Conservatory
Merit Scholarship in Performance
Aug 2009
Longy School of Music
Full Merit Scholarship
Mar 2009
International Junge Orchesterakademie
Honors Graduate
May 2007
New England Conservatory
Cum Laude
May 2007
Tufts University
Young Artist
Apr 2002
Annapolis Symphony
Young Soloist
Feb 2002
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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4 Reviews

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JenniferL1 May 20, 2009
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Great experience

She did a wonderful job teaching Tara. Tara's viola technique really improved this year thanks to Dorothy's patience and hard work. Dorothy never missed a lesson and always came prepared for the next challenge. I must admit that I was hesitant to find a teacher using an on-line service but, Ihave been extremely pleased with our instructor and will miss Dorothy's guidance in our viola lessons.

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MeghanO Jan 1, 2009
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Feedback for Dorothy

Dorothy has fabulous teacher. She is easy to learn from and doesnt get anoyed when you dont get things on the first try. This is great because as an adult I dont learn as quickly.Also, I am a college student (age 20) and she works with my school and work schedules. I really cant say how pleased I am with the quality of her teaching.

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AmyF1 Nov 5, 2008
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First 3 weeks...

Thank you for what you have done for Mechelle so far. She enjoys coming to lessons and feels very comfortable working with you. And it's nice to know that she's getting the attention and help that she needs to be successful in learning the viola.

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JenniferL1 Oct 1, 2008
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Great viola teacher

Dorothy has been wonderful in working with my 12 year old daughter. She has quickly corrected improper techniques and has worked with her on some new pieces of music. Having her come to our house has been wonderful for our busy family schedule.

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